MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Learning something new


The Champion Newspaper’s social media manager, Donna Turner, wanted to pick up a challenging new hobby. She considers herself a “pro” at crocheting, but likes the versatility that knitting offers. Since she didn’t know anyone who knits, and YouTube videos were too confusing for her, Turner sought the help of a professional. Enter Carrie Dodd, […]

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Lithonia chosen as EcoDistrict

Brook Run Trail

The south DeKalb County city of Lithonia has been chosen by Sustainable Atlanta as one of three metro Atlanta communities to participate in its EcoDistrict initiative. The Atlanta University Center and the Lakewood Heights area were also chosen. Melonie Tharpe, Sustainable Atlanta EcoDistricts coordinator, said the goal of the EcoDistrict initiative is to evaluate the […]

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Weaving new lives one strip of fabric at a time

One room at Weavers Warehouse is filled with donated bolts of fabric and clothing.

Fred Brown was in desperate need of a job, and when opportunity came his way he jumped at it. Then he learned the work involved weaving. “I didn’t know if I was going to last,” Brown said. Not only has Brown held the position for almost two years, now he loves it. “You get to […]

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Longhorn combats winter with new menu

Blue Crab and MeyerLemon filet

There’s still time to catch the winter menu specials at Longhorn Steakhouse. The restaurant introduced new winter dishes, which will be available through March, and can be found in restaurants throughout the area. At the Tucker Longhorn eatery, 4315 Hugh Howell Road, I sampled most of the specials. My immediate assessment was that diners who […]

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Torah Day School celebrates School Choice Week


  Students at Torah Day School of Atlanta have been seeing yellow as the school celebrates National School Choice Week, Jan. 27-31. “We’re wearing yellow and doing things yellow because yellow stands for freedom and for the ability to be able to choose, which is what this country was founded on,” said Sydney Rubin-Lewis, the […]

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Leaders celebrate new Chamblee Charter High building

From left, DeKalb County school board member Karen Carter, DeKalb School Superintendent Mike Thurmond and Chamblee Charter High School Principal Rochelle Lowery cut the ceremonial ribbon for the school’s new building. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb school Superintendent Mike Thurmond called the new Chamblee Charter High School building “an educational jewel for DeKalb County.” “It’s a wonderful facility—state of the art,” Thurmond said after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school Jan. 22. Thurmond said the new building is “evidence that we support high academic achievement as a district…and it’s a […]

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Pruitt, Taylor looking to reach milestone wins

Redan baseball players show off their championship rings. Redan players, along with Southwest DeKalb players, will try to help their coaches reach milestone wins this season. Photo by Travis Hudgons

The 2013 season was bittersweet for Redan head baseball coach Marvin Pruitt. His team won the Class AAAA state title; however, he had to watch the championship run from the stands and not his usual spot in the dugout due to health issues. Many thought Pruitt would retire now that he finally has a state […]

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Mentors are the proverbial village

Brandon Fountain is the 100 Black Men of America’s Mentee of the Year. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

  At first, Brandon Fountain was not in “dire need of extra mentorship.” That was five years ago when his mother Miriam signed him up for the mentorship program sponsored the DeKalb chapter of the 100 Black Men of America. Brandon was in the sixth grade and his mother and stepfather were still together. “My […]

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